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The low pressure area over the north-west Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal is likely to intensify into a depression during the next 24 hours leading to heavy rain in the state, an IMD bulletin said. "The associated upper air cyclonic circulation extends up to 7.6 km above mean sea level and the system is likely to intensify into a depression during the next 24 hours," IMD Director Sarat Sahu said. Sahu said yesterday's low pressure area over north-west Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal now lies as a Well Marked Low Pressure Area over the north-west Bay of Bengal and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal and coastal areas of Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh at 0830 hours today. Stating that rain and thundershower are likely to occur at most places in Odisha, Sahu warned that heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places in the districts of south Odisha and heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places in the districts of north Odisha likely to occur during the next 24 hours. While suggesting hoisting of Local Cautionary Signal Number Three (LC-III)at all ports in Odisha, the IMD advised fishermen not to venture into the sea due to rough to very rough condition of the ocean. It said that strong gusty surface wind from north-easterly direction with speed reaching 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast.
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